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How AI Is Being Used To Combat Poaching

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As the human population booms (7.6 billion as of December 2017), we’re seeing a mass extinction of other species taking place. There are many contributing factors; disease, urbanisation, and climate change to name a few. All of these are synonymous with humans and the devastation we’re causing to the planet.

Poaching is playing a huge part in this. According to a recent article in WWF magazine’s Spring Edition, the illegal ivory trade is the highest it’s been for 20 years. A staggering 20,000 African elephants are killed each year, that’s 55 a day. This means that more are being poached than are being born. Whilst steps are being made to combat the ivory trade by governments, it’s not just limited to poaching elephants for ivory. There are only around 3,800 tigers left in the wild compared to 60,000 a century ago. On average, 3 Rhinos are poached a day for their horns. One of the most shocking statistics of all is that there are a mere 70 Amur Leopards left in the wild, due to poaching for their skin and bones, and also the loss of habitat due to illegal logging.

Not only is poaching destroying species, but it has devastating effects …

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